Sarah Perez

Sarah Perez
Sarah currently works as a writer for TechCrunch, after having previously spent over three years at ReadWriteWeb. Prior to becoming a professional blogger, Sarah worked in I.T. across a number of industries, including banking, retail and software. CrunchBase profile →

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  • Ansca Mobile Accuses Partner PapayaMobile Of Copying Its Code

    Ansca Mobile Accuses Partner PapayaMobile Of Copying Its Code

    Ansca Mobile, the Palo Alto-based mobile development company and makers of the popular Corona SDK, is accusing its partner PapayaMobile of ripping off parts of its SDK  for use in PapayaMobile’s Social Game Engine. According to Ansca Mobile COO David Rangel, his company recently discovered that Papaya’s engine is what he calls a “blatant copy” of some aspects of… Read More

  • Tumblr Now Lets You Highlight Your Favorite Posts For A Dollar

    Tumblr Now Lets You Highlight Your Favorite Posts For A Dollar

    Tumblr is introducing a new feature today that lets its users pay a dollar in order to have their post featured on the Tumblr Dashboard. The option is called “Highlights,” and it’s now available right from the new post page on Tumblr. With Highlights, you can choose a special icon that will appear next to the post along with an optional message that points out why the post… Read More

  • Making Learning Fun For Kids, Everything Butt Art Launches Its First iPad App

    Making Learning Fun For Kids, Everything Butt Art Launches Its First iPad App

    You know what’s funny? If you Google “how do you get kids to learn” (sans quotes, even), the first result goes to this TechCrunch blog post about an app that lets kids draw butts on the iPad. Really! The post details the company called Madbrook (aka Everything Butt Art), which launched at TechCrunch Disrupt NY in May. It’s the brand behind a series of printed books… Read More

  • Google Chrome Market Share Drops For First Time In Two Years

    Google Chrome Market Share Drops For First Time In Two Years

    Google’s move to demote the Chrome website in search rankings in January led to a decline in browser market share, according to new data from Net Applications. Google’s Chrome web browser dropped from 19.11% in December to 18.94% in January, the firm found. Meanwhile, among the other browsers, only Internet Explorer saw significant gains during the month, going from 51.87% in… Read More

  • Lead Management Company Leads360 Raises $15 Million

    Lead Management Company Leads360 Raises $15 Million

    Leads360, a consumer sales automation and telephony platform, announced today it has completed a $15 million round of new funding. The round was led by Volition Capital and saw participation from existing Leads360 investor Rustic Canyon Partners. The company plans to use the funding to expand its product lineup, pursue strategic relationships and raise awareness about its platform. Read More

  • Visualizing Facebook’s Media Storage: How Big Is 100 Petabytes?

    Visualizing Facebook’s Media Storage: How Big Is 100 Petabytes?

    Just a little tidbit from everyone’s favorite reading material this week, the Facebook IPO filing: the company noted that it now stores over 100 petabytes of media (photos and videos) uploaded by its 845 million users. In case “100 petabytes” didn’t blow you over, the filing further explains that’s equal to “100 quadrillion bytes.” OK, now… Read More

  • Showyou Rolls Out All-New iPad App With Improved Video Discovery, Better Social Tools

    Showyou Rolls Out All-New iPad App With Improved Video Discovery, Better Social Tools

    Social video browsing app Showyou just launched version 3.0 of its iPad application, a major update with a ton of new features. Competing in a hot space with competitors like Fanhattan, Shelby.tv, Squrl, Vodio and others, Showyou offers a grid-like view for browsing the videos your friends are sharing on social networks like Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, YouTube and Vimeo. Once connected, you… Read More

  • Newest TechStars Network Member Hub Ventures Is Looking For “Change The World” Startups

    Newest TechStars Network Member Hub Ventures Is Looking For “Change The World” Startups

    Hub Ventures, the San Francisco-based startup accelerator focused on funding entrepreneurs “building a better world,” is the newest member of the TechStars network. The official announcement of its TechStars affiliation will be made next week. For those unfamiliar, the organization’s 12-week program provides companies with typical accelerator benefits like seed funding… Read More

  • ConnecTV Prepares To Take On IntoNow With New Social TV Platform

    ConnecTV Prepares To Take On IntoNow With New Social TV Platform

    Today, a company called ConnecTV is launching an ambitious new service for socializing the TV viewing experience using mobile and web-based applications. The new app, available first on the iPad, with Android tablet support in the works, is similar to competitor IntoNow in that it also seems to “hear” what’s on TV in order to load the appropriate content. But the way… Read More

  • Glassdoor Launches “Inside Connections,” A Facebook-Based Job Hunting Tool

    Glassdoor Launches “Inside Connections,” A Facebook-Based Job Hunting Tool

    The jobs and career community site Glassdoor is hoping to ride on the coattails of the Facebook IPO hotness with this evening’s launch of a new Facebook-based product called “Inside Connections.” With this new option, which is really just an enhancement to the company’s website, users can sign in to Glassdoor.com using their Facebook account information and then… Read More

  • New Everpix iPhone App Automatically Uploads Your Photos To The Cloud

    New Everpix iPhone App Automatically Uploads Your Photos To The Cloud

    Photo organization service (and TechCrunch Disrupt finalist) Everpix just launched its first iPhone application. The app does two key things: it offers you a way to access your entire photo collection from your phone, plus it automatically uploads all your iPhone photos to the Everpix cloud. Read More

  • Can’t Get Facebook’s SEC Filing To Load? Good News, We Have It Here

    Can’t Get Facebook’s SEC Filing To Load? Good News, We Have It Here

    Since we were getting a little frustrated with the slow-loading, totally crashing SEC.gov website, we decided to do everyone around here a favor. We made a PDF of the filing and posted it publicly on Scribd instead. Now, there’s a very good chance that this might just crash Scribd too, but for some reason, we’re thinking Scribd can handle the traffic better and scale to support… Read More

  • Facebook’s Mobile Monthly Active Users Grew 21% Over Past Four Months

    Facebook’s Mobile Monthly Active Users Grew 21% Over Past Four Months

    Earlier analyst estimates from December had pegged the monthly active users of Facebook’s mobile apps at around 300 million per month. This number includes smartphone apps, like those for the Android and iPhone, but also apps that run on BlackBerry, Nokia, and feature phones. At the time, that number equated to roughly 40% of the company’s overall user base. Facebook… Read More

  • Facebook IPO Crashes SEC Website

    Facebook IPO Crashes SEC Website

    It appears that the excitement over the Facebook IPO has crashed the SEC’s website. The link to the Facebook SEC filing, previously available here, is no longer loading. Instead, we’re seeing a “this webpage is not available message” when attempting to load the site using Google’s Chrome web browser, and similar errors in other browsers. This has gone on for… Read More

  • Stealth Startup Numecent Raises $2 Million Series A For “Cloudpaging” Technology

    Stealth Startup Numecent Raises $2 Million Series A For “Cloudpaging” Technology

    Numecent, a stealth startup building a patented “cloudpaging” technology, just raised $2 million in Series A funding from undisclosed corporate investors. The $2 million tranche is a part of a larger $10 million funding round, and is in addition to the $7.5 million in seed funding the company has already raised from private investors. Exact details as to what Numecent is developing… Read More

  • Picture Messaging App Zlango Hits 1 Million Android Users Four Months After Launch

    Picture Messaging App Zlango Hits 1 Million Android Users Four Months After Launch

    Zlango, a goofy but fun icon-based text messaging app, just hit one million U.S. users on the Android platform only four months after launching. Backed by Accel and Benchmark Capital, the app originally arrived in the U.S. market in October 2011, following the opening of its San Francisco-based offices. In total, Zlango now boasts over 5 million users worldwide, the company reports. Read More

  • And The Crunchie Goes To…Pinterest, Best New Startup Of 2011

    And The Crunchie Goes To…Pinterest, Best New Startup Of 2011

    Online pinboard Pinterest, the hot new startup that’s growing at a phenomenal rate, won the Crunchie for the Best New Startup of 2011 at this year’s Crunchies. (This, despite the fact that it actually launched in 2010). The reason? Crazy, crazy traffic and growth. In November, the site had reportedly seen a 2,000% increase in pageviews, according to comScore. That… Read More

  • Imgur Wins Best Bootstrapped Startup, Sees 1 Billion Pageviews Per Month

    Imgur Wins Best Bootstrapped Startup, Sees 1 Billion Pageviews Per Month

    Here at the 2011 Crunchies, Imgur, the photo-sharing site made popular by the Reddit community, won the category of “Best Bootstrapped Startup.” And given the traffic numbers the startup is seeing, it’s easy to see why. According to Founder Alan Schaaf, the site sees 30 million uniques per month and a billion pageviews. (Yes, a billion!) Read More

  • Dealfind Expands Into Luxury Goods With “Dream Deals”

    Dealfind Expands Into Luxury Goods With “Dream Deals”

    Toronto-based deal provider Dealfind is expanding into luxury goods with the launch of a new service called Dream Deals. Starting now, in addition to Dealfind’s everyday and weekly deals, customers will also get “surprise” Dream Deals, which involve deeply discounted retail goods. Read More

  • iOS App Downloads & Marketing Costs Hit Record High In December

    iOS App Downloads & Marketing Costs Hit Record High In December

    Mobile app marketing company Fiksu just released new data revealing the impact the holiday season had on iOS app downloads and user acquisition costs. According to the company’s App Store Competitive Index, a measurement of the average aggregate download volume of the top 200 free U.S. applications, December saw 6.04 million daily app downloads. That’s a nearly 7% increase… Read More